Zion Under Canvas - Glamping with Kids
Camping without the roughing it? Heck ya! I love the idea of glamping but have never had the opportunity to try it out, so when I found out Under Canvas was coming to Zion, I knew this would be the perfect little staycation with the family.
Situated on 196 acres along the Kolob Terrace road, Zion Under Canvas, is without a doubt surrounded by some seriously beautiful scenery.
When I booked a one night stay with my hubby and three kiddos, I had no idea if Under Canvas catered to families. I just crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. When we pulled up, and I saw the sand volleyball court, teepee swings, bean bag games and fire pit I knew we had entered family territory. There were also card games and board games in the lobby for guests to take back to their tents which I thought was pretty awesome.
My kiddos were particularly in love with the free all day access to hot chocolate and the complementary smores by the fire in the evening.
We ate at the on-site restaurant for dinner and breakfast. The prices were reasonable, and even though the food was just ok, the beautiful setting, the convenience, and the friendly staff made up for it. I also loved how guests could order sack lunches to take with them hiking!
A drive to the west entrance of Zion will take you 25 minutes from Zion Under Canvas. You can also drive a short distance to the north for tons of great hiking in a less crowded and equally beautiful section of Zion.
We stayed in a Safari Tent with 4 single beds. There are quite a few options when reserving a tent. You can go the luxury route with an attached bathroom and fireplace to keep warm. If you have more than 4 in your party, you can reserve an additional teepee right next to your tent or ask for a cot.
Our tent didn't have an attached bathroom, so we had to walk a few minutes away to 6 individual bathrooms. The bathrooms were very well done, with hot showers and complimentary shampoo and body soap. Since we only stayed one night, it wasn't a big deal to have to walk a few minutes to the bathroom. It just added to the whole camping experience. With that said, it would have been fun to have one of the larger luxury tents with the bathroom attached.
The beds were very comfortable, and the bedding was very warm and cozy. The temps dropped down to the 50's during our stay in September, and none of us got cold at all.
There was plenty to keep us entertained during our stay. A few of the things we enjoyed the most included: